GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- If you aren't getting enough sleep, you are not alone. Millions of Americans don't get enough sleep and have conned themselves into thinking that they can survive on 4-6 hours per night.
This time of year, we are busier than ever preparing for summer. But lack of sleep increases stress levels, weakens our immune systems and decreases our alertness leading to low energy, lack of motivation and productivity and inevitably, illness.
But there are ways to improve our sleep habits, which reduces our stress and boosts our happiness and health in the process. Kristin Brown, the Queen Of Stress Relief and Stress Expert to the Stars, also founder of the Happy Hour Effect shared these tips with KARE 11 News @ 4 for getting more sleep.
• Reset your sleep requirements. Aim for 7-9 hours per night - make it a priority just like healthy diet and exercise. (Action item: Go to bed a little earlier; get organized the night before so you can sleep in a little later.)
• Try natural, non-addictive sleep aids but only short term as you reset your biological clock. (Action item: Try various sleep products - Dream Water, Melatonin, etc.)
• Clear out your to-do list and schedule. Our daily tasks take up physical and mental time. We stay up too late getting things done and we lie awake going over and over what we need to get done. Yet many things in our lives are there because other people expect us to do them, but they really don't improve our loved ones or our own safety, health or happiness. (Action item: Remove at least three things from your to-do list)
• Set up a sleep routine. (Action item: Unplug from TV, electronics and handheld devices at least an hour before bed. Meditate for 5-10 minutes before bed. Dim the lights in your home in the evening. Keep your bedroom cool. Don't bring work to bed. Have clean sheets and nice pajamas. Look forward to sleep. These tips work for kids too.)
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